Emergency Community Support Fund

We are pleased to announce that we will be working with Community Foundations of Canada once more to flow a second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund to charitable organizations serving populations experiencing increased vulnerability.

Applications from qualified donnees will be accepted October 5 until October 30. All applications for this final round of ECSF funding must be submitted by 11:59 PST on October 30, 2020.

The final instalment of the $350 million Fund will be released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable. Our foundation is teaming up with CFC to award $181,000 to support projects in Oakville in this second round of funding, with a $35,000 grant maximum per application.

Intake is now closed.

About the Emergency Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks including CFC, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. For information on which organization you should apply through, please click here.

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including: marginalized groups, youth, children, the elderly, essential workers and newcomers. The goal of the ECSF is to reach 100% of communities across Canada.

Launched on May 19, we’ve invested an additional $502,500 in our local community, ensuring our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. 

Click here to view the full list of approved charities and projects.

Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against Covid-19. However, we know the need for funding is still significant.

Helpful Information

For an in-depth video on how to apply to the Emergency Community Support Fund, please watch Community Foundations of Canada’s video here.

Please note that there are three community foundations in Halton Region: Burlington Foundation, Community Foundation of Halton North and Oakville Community Foundation, as well as United Way Halton & Hamilton

The applicant guide is available here.


If you still have questions after reading the above information, please contact our Grants team at grants@theocf.org.

The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by: